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PA Health Law Project Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its May 2018 newsletter. Included in this month’s edition are stories about: The continued implementation of Community HealthChoices, the state’s new program of managed long-term services and supports for dually eligible Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. The introduction of a new tool for determining whether Medicaid beneficiaries shall be deemed eligible for Medicaid long-term-care services. State legislation that, if adopted, would establish presumptive eligibility for older adults applying for in-home care. A new framework for participants in state Medicaid managed care programs to appeal denials of services. New processes to streamline the determination of eligibility for Medicaid of individuals recently released from prison. Pending legislation that would permit selected mental health facilities to deem … Read More

Posted in HealthChoices, long-term care, Pennsylvania Medicaid laws and regulations, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

Pennsylvania Health Law Project Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has just published the March 2018 edition of its monthly newsletter. Included in this edition are articles about: new procedures that will make it easier for Medicaid recipients to be treated for opioid abuse the continued implementation of the Community HealthChoices program of managed long-term services and supports for nursing home-eligible seniors, including its introduction in southeastern Pennsylvania beginning next year the work of special needs units in the HealthChoices managed care plans the confirmation of Teresa Miller as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Find these stories and others here, in the latest edition of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project’s newsletter.  

Posted in HealthChoices, Pennsylvania Medicaid laws and regulations, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

Pennsylvania Health Law Project Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has just published the latest edition of its Health Law News newsletter. Included in this edition are articles about the elimination of Medicaid restrictions on prescription drugs for hepatitis C, the launch of the Community HealthChoices program of managed long-term services and supports in the southwestern part of the state, and more. Find these stories and others here, in the latest edition of Health Law News.  

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New Medical Assistance Bulletin Addresses Hospital Uncompensated Care

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has issued a new Medical Assistance Bulletin titled “Hospital Responsibilities Related to the Uncompensated Care Program and Charity Care Plans.” According to the document, The purpose of this Medical Assistance (MA) Bulletin is to remind hospitals of the requirements for the Hospital Uncompensated Care Program (Program) and reinforce the responsibility of hospitals to actively engage patients when determining eligibility for the Program. See the entire Bulletin here.  

Posted in Pennsylvania Bulletin, Pennsylvania Medicaid laws and regulations, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy, Pennsylvania Medical Assistance

Wolf Vetoes Medicaid Work Requirement

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed a bill that included a requirement that certain Medicaid recipients either work or search for work.  Learn more about the governor’s veto, and his reason for doing so, in this Associated Press news report.

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Pennsylvania Health Law Project Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its May newsletter.  Included in this edition are articles on new criteria for Medicaid coverage of high-cost hepatitis C drugs and the release of a draft of the state’s proposed Medicaid quality strategy; an update on Community HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s new program of Medicaid managed long-term services and supports; an overview of Medicaid-covered behavioral health services; a summary of recent federal proposals with implications for the state’s Medicaid program; and a report on the nomination of Teresa Miller to lead the new Department of Health and Human Services that Governor Wolf has proposed establishing.  Find the newsletter here.

Posted in Pennsylvania Medicaid, Pennsylvania Medicaid laws and regulations, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

Pennsylvania Health Law Project Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its February 2017 newsletter. Included in this edition are stories about: the potential implications of turning Medicaid into a block grant program the governor’s proposed FY 2018 budget a new federal requirement that hospitals must inform Medicare patients if they are designated as hospitalized under “observation status” counseling services available through PA LINKs Find the latest edition of PA Health Law News here.

Posted in Pennsylvania Medicaid laws and regulations, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy, Pennsylvania proposed FY 2018 budget

Pennsylvania Health Law Project Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its October 2016 newsletter. Included in this edition are stories about problems older adults are encountering when they seek to enroll in the state’s Aging Waiver program; an update on the implementation of Community HealthChoices, the new state program of managed long-term services and supports for qualified seniors; upcoming Medicare changes and enrollment and application deadlines; coverage of diabetes testing supplies for dual eligibles; new state guidelines addressing access to treatment for mental health conditions and substance abuse disorders; and more. Go here for the latest edition of PA Health Law News.  

Posted in Pennsylvania Medicaid laws and regulations, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

Federal Medicaid Per Capita Spending Limits?

As they have in the past, some members of Congress have suggested of late that Medicaid might benefit from being transformed into a program with limited spending per capita: that is, such an approach would limit the amount of money the federal government would provide to states on a per capita basis. Such an approach would almost certainly have serious implications for Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals. What issues would need to be addressed to develop such an approach? What data would be needed? Earlier this year the chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to answer these and other questions. Now, the GAO has published its answers in a new … Read More

Posted in Pennsylvania Medicaid laws and regulations, Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals

Pennsylvania Health Law Project Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its June 2016 newsletter. Included in this edition are stories about the delay in implementation of the state’s Community HealthChoices program of managed long-term services and supports for the dually eligible; challenges for those seeking home and community-based services from state waiver programs; and more. Find the newsletter here.

Posted in Pennsylvania Medicaid, Pennsylvania Medicaid laws and regulations, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy
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